The theme of this year’s parade was the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led, three years later, to the Confederation of Canada in 1867.
Harness racing (with sulkies) is BIG on Prince Edward Island. Every year, there is an “Old Home Week” which features horse racing every afternoon and evening, culminating in the Gold Cup and Saucer race at midnight on Saturday. On Friday morning there is a parade, called the Gold Cup and Saucer parade. It goes rain or shine. This year it rained!
The parade starts in a residential area, near schools where participants can park, form up, change or prepare. I watched from near the start, almost across the street from where I lived for 12 years! It rained for 10 minutes at the start and fairly heavily at the end. It didn’t dampen the spirit of the crowd, though it may have forced some floats or bands to withdraw; the parade seemed shorter than usual at just under an hour.
Elmwood, the Inn whose sign is in the next photo, is one of the nicest places to stay on PEI.
Future posts: the bands and the floats and the RCMP.